Working alone throws up a number of potential risks that might not be considered risks in a shared space. And mild risks can become more serious if there are no colleagues about to assist or rescue staff members who become injured. The Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 was designed to protect employees from harm in the workplace, and forty years later it carries on doing just that. All workplaces are covered by it, as are all employees, whether they’re working alongside a hundred others in a warehouse or alone on a security patrol. The identification of risks and acting upon them is the cornerstone of health and safety policy for any company. That’s why employers need to inspect their workplaces and look for potential risks and take measures to minimise the likelihood or effect of injury. Typical measures are clear signposting, training, the provision of safety equipment, fencing off or finding alternative ways around doing the job. There are some tasks that could in theory be carried out alone but that carry such real risks that workers must be accompanied by a co-worker for them to be done safely. Examples include working in confined spaces, where a second person should be on hand to rescue trapped workers or raise the alarm; or working in hospital and social care situations where patients and clients can behave unpredictably. With home working on the rise and employers often asking or allowing their staff to work from a spare bedroom or a kitchen table, it is worth noting that employers are still responsible for their staff, just as they would be if they were working on their own premises. A brief visit from a company representative is often necessary in such circumstances to ensure workers are not putting themselves in danger while homeworking. It is in employers’ own interests to see that this is done.